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Inline Assignment Grading

Inline Assignment Grading provides a way to grade assignments within your Blackboard course. Instead of needing to download student files to view or edit, instructors are able to view these files “inline,” i.e. in the Web browser, without the need for a plug-ins or additional software. Document types that can be viewed are Word (.doc, .docx), PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx), Excel (.xls,.xlsx), and PDF (.pdf). Embedded images and formatting of the original document are preserved.

Files that have been uploaded and displayed in the inline viewer can be annotated directly within the browser. The tools available for annotation are: Comment, Draw, Highlight, Text and Strikeout.

The Inline Assignment Grading tool also includes a column on the right of the display with access to assignment details, previous attempts, the grade, rubrics, grading notes and grader feedback.

To learn more, select from the following:


Video - Blackboard Inline Grading for Assignments (Blackboard)


Access Inline Assignment Grading

  1. Locate the appropriate assignment’s column in the Grade Center in Blackboard.
  2. Select the button to the right in the student’s score cell. The button won’t appear until your mouse pointer is in the cell.
  3. Select the attempt that needs to be graded.
  4. The submitted assignment file will be displayed in the viewer on the left of the screen.
  5. To exit this screen, select the Exit button near the top of the Blackboard screen, on the right, to return to the Grade Center.

Annotate and Grade an Assignment

  1. Access the assignment using the steps, listed above.
  2. Select the Comment button on the viewer toolbar, on the left.
  3. The Comment toolbar provides the tools to add a comment bubble, draw, highlight text, add a text box or strikeout text.
  4. All annotations will be saved by Blackboard automatically in a separate file.
  5. Enter the grade and/or any comments in the sidebar on the right.
  6. Select the Submit button or Save as Draft button before leaving this page.
  7. Select the Exit button near the top of the Blackboard screen, on the right, to return to the Grade Center.

Download the Annotated Document

  1. Access the assignment using the steps, listed above.
  2. Select the download button on the viewer toolbar (paper with a down arrow).
  3. Select Download annotated PDF from the menu that appears.
  4. Open the file or Save the file to the desired location.
  5. Select the Exit button near the top of the Blackboard screen, on the right, to return to the Grade Center.

Additional Resources from Blackboard:

For more information visit Blackboard's Assignment Inline Grading ».


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